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tv   CBS 5 Early Edition  CBS  March 22, 2011 4:30am-5:00am PDT

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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. caption colorado an american jet crashes as the air assault on libya intensifies. the progress overnight, the weakened qaddafi regime and the new calls to extend the no-fly zone. japan works around the clock to control the nuclear crisis. how hundreds of american vac weeks are getting help in the bay area today. good morning. it is tuesday, the 22nd of march. thanks for joining us. i'm sydnie kohara. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. happy tuesday. it is 4:30. we have a very special guest doing weather today straight off the mountain. >> yeah. >> stuck for a little while. >> you are back. julie we got a break in the
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rain but more storms are on the way and now that firsthand. >> absolutely. unfortunately, or fortunately, i got snowed in sunday night in tahoe. so made it back about, oh, eight hours to get back from tahoe to san francisco. this is what we like to call the calm before the storm. we do have some light scattered showers this morning ahead of an approaching warm front. it's just in time for the evening commute that will likely see heavier rainfall. we'll talk about that and an even bigger soaker thursday. all that coming up but first let's check the roads with gianna. >> live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. we had a couple of early- morning accidents. everything completely cleared out of the road but we have a wind advisory in effect for the bay bridge so two hands on the wheel this morning especially crossing the span on the upper deck into san francisco. we'll check mass transit coming up but right now back to you. >> thank you. in libya today, u.s. officials say an american plane has crashed and two crewmembers
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were able to eject. just about 15 minutes ago, the military said both airmen are now safe. this comes as the united states is scaling back its goal in operation odyssey dawn over libya. international forces led most of the latest missions against ruler moammar qaddafi's forces. a third night of bombing stopped their advances but disorganization among rebels is keeping them from taking advantage. a video on youtube appears to show an attack on libyan civilians. there is no word on possible casualties from that explosion. the u.n. security council has rejected libya's call for an emergency meeting to stop the military operation. and china is also calling for a cease-fire. the coalition forces are planning to expand the no-fly zone. >> the extension of the no-fly zone will enable us to have a greater freedom of movement and
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the other thing it provides is a greater ability for humanitarian assistance. >> president obama says the united states will turn over full control of the mission to other coalition members in a matter of days a pool for storing spent fuel is close to the boiling point at the fukushima plant. it's believed those high temperatures are the cause of the steam that's been wafting out of reactor 2 since yesterday. if all the water boils away the fuel rods will be exposed. crews have hooked up power cables to all six reactors. electricity is crucial so those cooling pumps can start operating at the fukushima plant but right now a pump in only one reactor is working. and the search for victims in the rubble in northeastern
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japan continues. more specifically, [ indiscernible ] being sent in by other nations. the death toll is 9,000 but the final figure will probably be at least double that. at spokesman in one of the hard hit regions miyagi estimates death tolls will exceed 15,000. >> reporter: in an hour hundreds of americans who evacuated from japan will start arriving in solano county. two chartered military flights scheduled to touch down at travis air force base this morning. the first at 5:45. the second will land around 9:00. this morning, this english teacher is identified as the first american confirmed killed in japan's disaster. u.s. embassy in japan says the body of 24-year-old taylor anderson was discovered in the wreckage of the earthquake and tsunami north of tokyo. anderson is from virginia. her sister tells a local newspaper she helped all the her students evacuate but then couldn't get out of the way of the tsunami fast enough. opening statement and the first witness expected in the
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perjury trial of former giants slugger barry bonds. the first person to be asked to take the stand will probably be bonds' personal trainer greg anderson but he is expected to refuse to testify and to be jailed for the duration of the four-week trial. a jury of eight women and four men was chosen yesterday. they will decide if bonds lied to a federal grand jury back in 2003 when he said he never knowingly used steroids. >> it's about finding 12 people who will do exactly what their job is, which is to pay attention to the evidence that's presented to them that's investigated by cross- examination which nothing else has up until today. so these people are going to be the true experts in this case. we want them to be that. >> the judge has instructed a jury not to watch television, listen to the radio or read newspapers, facebook or twitter during the course of the trial. and testimony this morning in the murder trial involving "your black muslim bakery" in oakland will come from
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witnesses to the murder of journalist chauncey bailey. prosecutors say yusef bey iv ordered bail killed in 2007. antoine mackey is accused of driving the getaway vehicle. bailey had written articles critical of the founder of the black muslim bakery. pg&e is asking for more time to verify that its gas pipeline are being operated at safe pressures. the public utilities commission had set a deadline of march 15 amid concerns about safety following last year's san bruno explosion. but now the utility says the task is enormous and that some documents may not be available until the end of the year. the puc has threatened to fine pg&e a million dollars a day for noncompliance. the contra costa county school at san pablo will be open. there was an outage of power on
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campus. crews trying to pinpoint what caused the problem but the within the is not to blame. this morning crews will try to figure out how to clear a massic rockslide that left dozens of santa cruz county families stuck in their homes. yesterday mud and rocks slid from a hillside in scotts valley on a road in a remote area in the santa cruz mountains. people who live in the 33 homes cut off by the rockslide might be stuck for more than a week. >> the issue is it is still moving and with the weather coming in the next couple days, they probably won't be able to start anything until next week. >> there were no injuries. crews have restored power to most of the homes in the neighborhood. all roads in and out of yosemite national park closed today. yesterday's major snowstorm prompted park officials to he is scored hundreds of visitors out of the valley. get this. the storm dumped more than 3.5 feet of snow in just 24 hours.
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the roads are clogged with snow, mud slides and fallen trees, and power is out across yosemite valley. what a mess. >> how much snow did we get in the sierra? a lot. >> let's find out from the expert who was up there. >> it depends where you were in the sierra. on my porch i got oh, about i don't know, three, four feet over the weekend. quite a bit of snow up there. we are getting a break but there is more to come. look at hi-def doppler. as you can see, scattered showers pushing off to the east right now. we are going to continue to see some scattered showers throughout the bay for your morning commute. here's a light cell a little moderate rain there embedded just heading over 24 towards walnut creek. and this is what you can expect to see throughout the morning, light scattered showers ahead of an approaching warm beyond the and here's a look at that rain. now, the front still offshore. a warm front passing through will bring scattered showers and a cold front with more impressive rain tonight and tomorrow. we are also going to see winds ahead of the front this
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afternoon. out the door this morning, grab an umbrella. you probably won't need it. temperatures areawide, upper 40s in places like pacifica, san francisco, oakland, 47 vallejo, 41 fairfield. later today, actually mild temperatures in the 50s for the most part topping out near 60 with some of the warmest spots like san jose and again showers turning to more widespread rain just in time for the evening commute. we'll time it out coming up. first timing out your morning commute is gianna. >> thank you, julie. windy on the bay bridge. they have a wind advisory in effect on the upper and lower decks. live look at the toll plaza, traffic moving well. on the upper deck, we are dealing with construction westbound various lanes closed between the metering lights and treasure island that should be wrapping up within 20 minutes. first live look at oakland no delays northbound clear, southbound looking good into hayward. also bart is right on time. 24 trains, ace, muni, caltrain all checking in problem-free.
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so so far that's a good choice. back to you guys. >> thank you. 4:39 on a tuesday. show me the money! how santa clara's plan for a new 49ers stadium is getting a major boost. >> a drop in red light tickets at one bay area intersection. how a fraction of a second has made all the difference. tend to get better pricing more for your buck. that's not going to be the case going forward. >> so will the cell industry's mega-merger be good for the customers? the benefits from hooking up of at&t and t-mobile coming right up. ,,
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[ woman ] the first time i smoked, i was 13. i was in a hurry to grow up and wanted to look cool. big tobacco knew it, and they preyed on me. i'm here to tell you that big tobacco hasn't changed. they continue to profit... by selling kids the same lies... to get them to use... the same deadly products. don't be big tobacco's next victim. welcome back. we have our eyes on hi-def doppler tracking light scattered showers ahead of an approaching front. winds wrapping up this afternoon before widespread rain moves in. we'll time it out coming up. >> thank you. what a difference 7/10ths
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of a second can make. red light camera at mission boulevard and mojave drive used to be the top money maker in fremont. then roger jones called caltrans to check it out. he found cars coming off 680 needed more time to stop. so in november, caltrans made the light stay yellow for a full five seconds, seven-tenths of a second longer than it had been and with that, a lot fewer drivers were getting tickets from that red light camera. >> averaging about 2 80 per month and then in november, it was 180. december 136 even less. january 132. february came out at 133. >> all good for the drivers with the number of tickets cut by more than half. fremont could lose, though, about $170,000 a year in revenue from that red light camera. city leaders in santa clara have voted to hand four million dollars to the 49ers to prepare a site for stadium construction. the city council approved the
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deal last night 5-2. her trying to make sure the state doesn't take the money away if the legislature eliminates redevelopment agencies. the 49ers will use the money now to relocate utilities and improve access to the site, which by the way now is a parking lot for great america. on wall street, the dow is back above 12,000 points. it jumped 178 points yesterday after a new round of corporate buy-outs. the nasdaq is up 48. shares of at&t rising more than 1% after it announced it's buying t-mobile for $39 million -- excuse me, billion dollars in cash. >> yeah. >> and stock. well, the deal combining at&t and t-mobile raises questions about whether customers of those two companies will benefit. at&t says the deal will save it 5 to 10 years of building towers and customers of both companies will get increased coverage for cell phones but there could be some drawbacks in pricing especially for people who now use t-mobile. >> of the biggies, t-mobile is
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your value place. you get better pricing, more for your bucket. that's not going to be the case going forward. at&t is a high dollar sophisticated carrier and they are not going to want to carry along the t-mobile customers at their monthly rates. >> at&t denies there will be higher charges saying it has to compete with verizon. anthem blue cross will push back its original rate increase from april 1 to july 1. it will also reduce the hike from 9.8% to 9.1%, getting a little break there. that move expected to benefit about 600,000 policyholders. this comes just days after blue shield of california abandoned its planned increase. no such luck for travelers, though. >> no. you're right. two major airlines are raising their prices again, roundtrip fares for united, continental, going up by 10 bucks. airline carriers have increased fares at least half dozen times this year as they try to offset
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rising fuel costs. travel experts say consumers got a break last week when airlines offered more discount seat for summer travel. but right now they are going up, folks. >> start saving your pennies if you are traveling this this summer. the bay area hall of famer's pooch is missing. the most popular operations for women coming up. >> and an out-of-this-world photo on, how long this human tribute to the space shuttle took to set up. ,,
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california should be proud. we were the first to ban smoking on airplanes. the first to have smoke-free bars and restaurants. all while saving over $86 billion in health care costs... and over a million lives. we've done a good job. but even if you were born today, you'd still grow up in a world where tobacco kills more people... than aids, drugs, alcohol, murder and car crashes... combined. we have a lot more work to do.
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will happen "one way or another." in a new you tube vieo.. the governor asked californians for help with governor jerry brown says a vote on tax extensions will happen one way or another. in a new youtube video the governor asked californians for help with getting that vote on the june ballot. >> let me know, let your legislators know, would you like the chance to cast this
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vote or would you feel it's appropriate to shut off the people of california? >> right now, though, no republicans support the governor's budget plan but five gop state senators have been in talks with governor brown and other democratic leaders. the state is facing a nearly $27 billion shortfall. tom torlickson says nearly two million students go to school in districts with financial problems. the "contra costa times" reports five struggling districts are in the east bay. john swett schools are on the short list of schools that might not be able to pay bills through the end of next year. several other districts might run out of money before the two more years pass including emery, hayward, mount diablo and oakland. 4:49 your time. an arizona judge has ordered the suspected tucson shooter to undergo a mental evaluation as soon as possible. the judge says jared loughner's exam will be videotaped and shared with prosecutors and defense attorneys.
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loughner will be evaluated at a specialized facility in missouri. he has pleaded not guilty to the january shooting rampage that killed 6 people, wounding 13 others. one of those injured, congresswoman gabrielle giffords, saw her brother-in- law for the first time since the shooting. that would be astronaut scott kelly, visiting giffords in the hospital on friday. kelly was in the middle of a five-month space station mission for nasa when his sister-in-law was shot. giffords is of course marry to scott kelly's identical twin brother mark, who is also an astronaut. and it is the 30th anniversary for the space shuttle program. and nasa workers celebrating in a special way. 2100 people lining up to form a human shuttle at cape canaveral. check out the time lapse of the event. it took an hour for everyone to get in the right spot, just a few little delays. they all stood on a chalked outline of the shuttle. >> that's cool. >> the legacy of the shuttle program, so they have all been very interested in participating in anything that
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they can to kind of commemorate the program as it we understand down. >> a couple of people decided they wanted to get in on the action at the last moment so they formed a slightly irregular circle around the ship. but still, all in all, pretty interesting. well, we are taking a look at your hi-def doppler this morning and as you can see a few scattered showers out there. we're not talking heavy rain but you meet want to grab an umbrella. you are definitely going to need it this afternoon. a closer look shows us we have some light rain just passing through livermore heading off towards the altamont pass and 580 here. light scattered showers at best this morning. it's later today we're waiting for the real rain to begin. in the meantime, taking a look at the planner, temperatures out there pretty mild in the 40s for the most part this morning. cloudy, with a chance of scattered showers here and there throughout your morning commute. it's late today we start to see the winds ramp up ahead of the approaching front. and a southeast wind 10 to 20 miles an hour approaching 30 as front passes through. a chance of showers begins this
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afternoon likely moving in full blown rain just in time for the evening commute. in the meantime let's look at the satellite perspective and show you exactly what we're seeing and why the timing is the way it is. right now, we have a warm front offshore. and we're seeing light scattered showers ahead of that front of of the cold front moves through later today. more widespread impressive rain, up to 2" in higher elevations. here is system number 1, tonight through wednesday. a second system moving in thursday and friday. this will be a good soaker. because of that, we are going to keep a close eye on urban and small stream flood advisories. not posted yesterday but we probably will see one before the week is through. a closer look at your pinpoint forecast shows we are mainly dry today but approaching the evening commute, we start to see showers make their way in. heaviest rainfall tonight and overnight and sticking around through tomorrow morning's
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commute. rainfall totals upwards of 2" possible for some of the higher north bay elevations and the santa cruz mountains. up to three-quarters in the south bay, inch and a half in the peninsula. inch possible in the higher elevations of the east bay. temperatures mild near 60 for most spots today. 57 vallejo, 57 in fairfield. and seven-day forecast shows, well, a wet one. again, one system moving in tonight through wednesday. second wetter system thursday into friday. another round of rain on saturday. it's not until the weekend the models start to hint at a dry pattern setting up. at this point, it's just a hint. how do your roads look this morning? let's check traffic now with gianna. >> today is actually not bad on the roads. unlike what tomorrow may, you might need extra time. 101 san jose so far, so good, headlights northbound at alum rock. typical volume. no accidents in the south bay
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now. live look at 880/237. you can see traffic actually not too bad. very light, so far, so good. no delays on 280 northbound through san jose. over to the dumbarton bridge, roadwork on the westbound side between the radio towers or right around that area, various lanes closed for the next few minutes. you can see in the live camera traffic is up to speed. we have reports of an accident along 880 right at 92. may also also on 92 at 880. chp is just headed out to the scene. bay bridge toll plaza, metering lights are off, so far, so good, no delays to report here. we do have a wind advisory in effect for the bay bridge. so two hands on the steering wheel. use caution as you cross the upper deck into san francisco. they are wrapping up construction as well on the upper deck right around the metering lights over towards treasure island. various lanes closed and that in effect for a few more minutes. looks like things clear, though. lower deck no delays into oakland. a live look in both directions
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no problems. remember kcbs, our radio partners, at 740-am and 106.9- fm. back to you. >> thank you. 4:55. a national jewelry seller now removing a toxic metal from its products. last year a california-based health group raised concerns about high levels of cadmium. that prompted retailer tween brands to recall nearly 150,000 pieces of jewelry containing cadmium. now under a settlement, tween brands has agreed to eliminate the toxic metal from necklace, bracelets and other products. more men are having plastic surgery these days. more than a million guys had cosmetic procedures last year according to the american society of plastic surgeons. that is a 2% increase from the year before. most popular operations, nose reshapings and eyelid surgery, botox injections and laser hair removal were the most common less invasive treatments. a former san francisco
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giant is offering some serious cash to get his dog back. hall of famer orlando zepeda and his wife lost their dog alfalfa in arizona for giants spring training. now they are putting up $2,000 in cash, first class tickets -- look at that cute pup -- first class tickets to san francisco, three nights at the fairmont and two tickets to any giants game all in exchange for their missing canine. >> i love that dog so much. >> this is my baby. [ crying ] >> i want my baby back. >> the zepeda's may have gotten a break. a couple in new mexico called them in response to an ad on craigslist. they will find out today if it's the dog. the san francisco women's basketball team heading to the sweet sixteen. they won last night at home against st. john's. cardinal was behind early, 22- 14 but stanford started the comeback with a steal and a
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dash to the bucket. another player dominant at 22 points. stanford on a 21-0 run. the final score, not even close, 75-49. they are going to face north carolina in spokane on saturday. >> good for them. okay. someone could strike it very, very, very rich tonight. >> we have some ticket buying to do here. the mega millions jackpot up to $244 million. that will come out to about 9 million-dollar a year for 26 years. >> i could do okay on that. >> others take 9 million for the 23 -- that's before taxes. >> if you took the cash all at once you would walk away with about $155 million. the odds 1:175 million. >> sun has to win. why not us? >> we'll put in a dollar at our pool. >> a little lakefront at tahoe. you guys can come over and visit. you, too. i'm a nice guy.
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[ laughter ] could bay area bridges stand up to a japan-sized quake? one in five aren't making the grade according to a new report. hundreds of americans who have voluntarily evacuated from japan are expected to arrive here at travis air force base sometime in the next hour. that story coming up. a jury has been selected now it is time for opening statements in the barry bonds perjury trial. what's expected in court today. we'll have a live report coming up. new video surfaces of an apparent attack on civilians in libya, plus the latest on the crash of a u.s. military plane. ,,,,,,,,,,
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